Slovak Response to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions to The United States of America, and Consular Services at Embassy Bratislava
(Updated March 27th, 2020)
- American Citizen Services remain open at Embassy Bratislava.
- President Trump’s Presidential Proclamations (PP) regarding travel suspensions can be found here.
- American Citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members as defined in the March 11, PP will be allowed entry to the U.S.
- On March 19, the U.S. Department of State announced a Global Level Four Health Advisory.
- Travelers from Europe returning to America must enter the U.S. through one of 13 airports and will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Embassy Bratislava has suspended all Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa operations until the PP has been rescinded except for travelers as detailed in the March 11, 2020 PP.
- Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, and Poland have closed their borders to non-citizens and residents. Austria may close its border at any time.
- Slovakia has closed all airports, international trains, boats, and buses. The Vienna airport remains open with indirect itineraries to the United States and is accessible by car. However, airlines are quickly and drastically canceling flights, check with your airline before you scheduled departure. See Embassy Vienna’s website here or the Schwechat website here for more detailed information.
- Slovakia has limited entry for all but Slovak citizens and residents, it does not currently limit exits.
- The Slovak government requires that facial coverings (mask, scarf, etc.) be worn in public spaces (grocery stores, public transport, etc.)
Information for American Citizens
Travel to the United States of America
President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation of March 11, 2020 does not pertain to American citizens, legal permanent residents, or their direct family members. These groups will not be denied entry to the U.S.
Worldwide Level Four Health Alert
On March 19, the U.S. Department of State declared a worldwide level four health alert advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.
Adhering to Slovak Visa and Residency Regulations
All foreigners in Slovakia are expected to follow Slovak visa and residency regulations. Visa-free travelers who are unable to leave the Slovak Republic within the initially allowed 90-day period must make an online appointment here to report to the Foreigners Police in the area immediately after the 90 days have passed. Travelers will be given a waiver of administrative expulsion without a ban on entry for an additional 30-day period. If after 30 days the current situation has not changed, on the last day of the 30-day period, travelers must repeat the previous process. This process may be repeated until the situation in the Slovak Republic, the EU, and the traveler’s home country have normalized.
Situation in Slovakia
- Country-Specific Information:
- Slovakia has 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Slovakia has closed its three international airports.
- As of 13:00 on March 27, the Vienna airport remains open with indirect flight options to the United States. However, operational status may change at any time. It is recommended to check with your airline prior to your departure. The airport is accessible by car. Private car companies and rental car agencies are operating sporadically.
- Americans leaving Bratislava have had success taking a local taxi to the Austrian border near the town of Hainburg, crossing the border on foot, and then calling an Austrian taxi from the other side.
- Slovakia has closed its borders to tourists. Only Slovak citizens and permanent residents are allowed entry.
- International health insurance, though not required by law, is strongly recommended.
- International transportation by trains, boats, and buses transiting Slovakia has been suspended.
- All permanent residents and Slovak citizens arriving from another country have a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Violation of the quarantine can face fines of €1,650 ($1800).
Quarantine Information as of March 27:
- Slovak hospitals are only accepting emergency cases and cases by appointment. Slovak authorities request that you do not come to hospitals with COVID-19 concerns.Officials request that those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact health authorities at 0917-222-682. Following a discussion with a health care professional, decisions will be made on testing and care.
- Facial coverings (mask, scarf, etc.) are required in all public spaces including outdoor spaces.
- State offices are operating by appointment only.
- Domestic bus and train travel will run on limited holiday schedule.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open.Between the hours of 09:00-12:00,only those 65 and older can shop in pharmacies and grocery stores. All stores are closed on Sunday. Shopping malls are closed except for grocery stores and pharmacies.
- The Slovak government strongly urges those over 65 years of age to not leave home unless completely necessary.
- Though not officially mandated, many hotels are closing and asking remaining guests to leave.
- Many restaurants are closed. Those that are open only offer delivery and take away service.
- All universities, schools and pre-schools will be closed for two weeks as of Monday, March 16.
- All leisure facilities, aqua parks and ski resorts, spa and wellness centers and bars are closed until further notice.
- Many religious denominations have suspended religious services until further notice.
Information for Travelers to the United States of America
As directed by the Presidential Proclamation (PP) of March 11, 2020, effective 11:59 PM EST, Friday, March 13, 2020, non-American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate family members that have been in the Schengen area in the immediate 14 days prior will be barred entry to the United States of America. To reiterate, American Citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members as defined in the PP will be allowed entry to the U.S. Returning travelers must re-enter the United States through one of these 13 airports and undertake 14 days of self-quarantine upon return:
- Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
- Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
- Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
- Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
- Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
Effective immediately, Embassy Bratislava has suspended all Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa operations until the PP has been rescinded except for travelers as detailed in the PP. We recognize that this will interrupt travel plans and apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and understanding in these unique times.
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